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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall - Cornell University on 1977-05-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall - Cornell University on 1977-05-08

Set 1

New Minglewood Blues
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Brown Eyed Women
Mama Tried
Row Jimmy
Dancing In The Street

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Saint Stephen ->
Morning Dew

One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Barton Hall - Cornell University
Location Ithaca, NY

Source Handheld Shure 57's,10 Feet From Stage,DFC>TC152>MC
Taped by Jeff Stevenson
Transferred by Jeff Stevenson


Notes:10 Feet From Stage=Great Instrement Pickup,
Vocals A Bit Lower Than Moore's Copy.
A Few Pauses But Not Many,Tape Filp After D01T08,D03T03
Flip Durning NFA Crossfaded And Is Barely Noticeable,
Probably Lost 3-4 Sec's
Minimal Crowd Chatter, But With Handheld Mic's, Up Front,
There Are A Few Spots Where In An Ideal World, A Few People
Would Have Been Standing Somewhere Else.
if Anyone Wants To Matrix This Feel Free, I'd Love To Hear It!


Reviewer: Joel Reisteter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2017
Subject: "Official Release"?
Yes, this show will be "officially released" in early may 2017. Did this show "really happen?"
Reviewer: stellaobscura - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2016
Subject: It's that good..
This show isn't overrated. Just because everyone has had good copies of this for years doesn't diminish from the quality of the show. There are several shows from each year (up until the Brent years--and even a couple of Brent shows) that have this same magic. HOT.

So much has been said about it, I will point out my own personal 20 second highlight:

The guitar solo in Brown Eyed Women. Jerry really takes off. Sublime soloing over the chord changes, switching it up and attacking it from another angle--makes me smile every time I hear it. No one did it quite like Jerry, and no one ever will

Reviewer: dis1man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2016
Subject: 5/8/77
Loved this since I first heard it in '82. Poor guy never does get to hear Truckin' though.
Reviewer: LOVELOVEJERRY69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2016

the projection back in time to that fateful day when you were a teenager......and saw the show "live"....must have "THE WHOLE SOUND OF THE AUDIENCE PRESENT TO BE COMPLETE"!!......

when you saw the show the audience was forever present in the AIR.....THE WHOLE AUDIENCE'S ROAR "AS ONE"... FILLED THE AIR WITH THE LOVE TRIBAL VIBRATION...........OUR ENERGY was projected onto the DEAD,,,THE DEAD ,,,felt our Lsd dripping cosmically felt energy...............

...........SOMETIMES IT can be just one in the case of 8/4/76 ,,,,,there is a girl screaming orgasmically (understatement)..... IN THE FRONT of the audience throughout most of the show...and when THE DEAD GO INTO HELP ON THE WAY ,SHE LOSES IT,,,,BIG TIME,,,,(PEAKING ON LSD).....HER DESPERATE WILD SCREAMS OF ECSTASY BRING YOU BACK BIG TIME.........TO THAT DAY,,,,,,,,

"BOARDS ARE GREAT FOR CLARITY REASONS ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....also PHIL DOES NOT SOUND full sometimes on boards.............

BUT TO GO BACK IN TIME AND capture what it was like to "be there"...or to turn otherS ONTO THE DEAD........THE audience must be present,,,they were (to a lesser degree today) part of the show,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

music plus background audience roar is the GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE.......THE DEAD AND AUDIENCE TOGETHER AS "ONE".............THE DEAD WITH no audience is as if we all went to see the DEAD BACK in the day,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.in an EMPTY AUDITORIUM.................BUT!!>>?....IT was not empty,,it was filled with DEADHEADS,,,,thousands of young screaming enthusiastic (DEAD....i .....KAY...TED).........FANS........

.the clapping before the song began was very much part of the song,,it is as if........we we were all taking part .......,in the experience......"the GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE"......BY MANY CLAPPING BEFORE A SONG WAS PLAYED,,,WAS AS IF THE CLAPPING WAS part of the belonged together with the you all............MERRY JERRY LSD
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2015
Subject: great sounding audience recording
I'd say definitely download this show. Sometimes I don't bother downloading audience tapes but this sounds like a soundboard almost, with just the right amount of crowd noise for ambience (don't worry, audience noise is minimal) Great Lazy Lightning/Supplication on here!
Reviewer: gordo55 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2015
Subject: Suite AUD!
Been revisting Spring '77 the last few days and this SM57 FOB of one of the historical shows in the Dead canon is definitely a keeper. While not there that night (was in New Haven a few nights earlier), Jeff's capture put you there in all it's glory. Four years later I was lucky enough to catch the Cornell '81 show when the band "brought it" again. Funky, funky Shakedown with a UJB ahead and check it out!
Reviewer: giant78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2014
Subject: How Come?
Barton Hall - Ithica, NY (Cornell 77) seems to be the Holy Grail of live shows in the GD canon....why has this never been officially released...if is has, then can somebody clue me in?
Reviewer: Casey K. - - August 8, 2014
Subject: really would like to burn this to a DVD on my laptop
but I don't know how. anybody help?
Reviewer: mzlizizaninja - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2014
Subject: IMHO one taper with great seat & even better friends
There's enough digital data here for middle school homework, which I am not qualified/ do not have the administrative rights to comment upon.

This I can share: you can hear the difference between analog and digital originals even after subsequent digital canoodling. I loved every minute of the experience of this finished production.

Back in the day, just because the Dead were OK with tapers most of the time (see Althes Rose post last spring re GDB ejecting tapers or some such...), that didn't mean the venue or rent-a-cops were OK with it. So it really helped to have a ginormous diaper bag and a babe in arms, being sure to put the poopy ones on top on the way in...just sayin', behind every taper, there's helpers and friends, usually sitting in a group, back before Tapers' Sections.

So what was it like bein there? This recording pretty much nailed it. Thanks to All for this one.

fyi, reviews here are nice too
Reviewer: rcs616 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2014
Subject: the year i jumped on the train
Fall of 1977 I was a freshman in high school. living close to Philly I attended every show for years. Possessed this bootleg for years. Still love it and just about anything from the boys.
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2014
Subject: Lots to like
but the NFA and, yes, the OMSN are powder kegs. I always thought straight up rock and roll wasn't the Dead's strong point (I have never liked their takes on JBG or Around and Around) but this show delivers in all respects. Essential stuff.
Reviewer: Joe-Man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2014
Subject: Is This the Greatest Show of all TIme?
That is debatable, but is surely is in the top 10? Partially, is due to the Stevenson audience tape, partially, this recording was so accessible in the 70ies and 80ies. I am sure there is a bunch of us out remember cruising around in are cars to scratchy 5th and 6th generation versions on cassette.. It was alway a great listen! This concert has stand the test of time and still gets us all jamming. ….and Morning Dew - can I say any more?
Reviewer: scherbi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2014
Subject: I got this show on a tape in the late 1980's...
...and it has always been a favorite. The Scarlet-Fire is stunning, magical, and mysterious.
Reviewer: rgargour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2014
Subject: Top Ten Tunes
The most satisfying version of this show available.
Probably the closest we can get to the feeling of being there. Even though I wasn't.
This is a classic. One of the most "important" of Grateful Dead history!
Not just the show itself, but this specific recording. There may have been 300 people recording the show, and also the soundboard, and then remixes and matrixes etc. but if this is one single audience source, then I say it is one of the best and most essential versions of a live Grateful Dead show. And since this is considered one of the top 10 Grateful Dead shows, I submit that this is in the top 10 of important Grateful Dead recordings and should be praised accordingly.
Reviewer: notfadeawaayay - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2014
Subject: crisp, clean and smooth
what a calming and pleasant Scarlet > Fire! smooth transfer, pretty mellow jams for such upbeat songs and patient, even tempos flowing beautifully between the two. the sound quality is crisp and clean -- i love that i can hear bob's guitar in there! phil's bass gets a little lost for a bit during the first half of the second set, but really pops out in NFA. lovin' the funky, steady Estimated, very chill St Stephen, and equally cool NFA. the NFA jam really picks up the energy and fires it out - perfect timing to pick it up! Soothing and relaxing show -- or at least that's how I experienced it today! probably one of the things i love most about the Dead: it feels and sounds different every time i listen.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2013
Subject: -
One of the best things I've heard. Excellent show and very nice sound. I wish you haters would go and learn boxing or kung fu so you wouldn't have all this stupid testosterone-fueled pent up anger to throw around at people you don't have to actually face. You can always tell a coward by the bullshit he wants to say online. Go rock climbing and get tired.
Reviewer: DeadEncore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2013
Subject: Some things are easier than they appear,
Probably like most of you, kept hearing about this show, but beyond that, it was downloadable. It is folks, but not here. Just search STASH NUGS in any search engine and you will find numerous GD shows including this and numerous other 77 highlights to be had for free. Make sure you DLOAD 73 Winterland , as not many approach this night.
Reviewer: A Morning Dewd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2013
Subject: well done ol' boy
although I had heard the band in the early 70's, this recording is simply incredible. several nights along the east coast were equally intoxicating during their 77 run for the roses. tune-up and eyes of the world in Boston 5.7.1977,just breathtaking. I had seen the band during their wall of sound events 5.13.73 in the race track oval of the Iowa state fairgrounds. (my life has never been as elevated). nights in Mpls. & Milwaukee & 3 shows in Alaska (solstice event 1980)..but I will forever listen to the Barton Hall recording for absolute bliss.

settle down easy
Reviewer: ~One*More*Sat*PM~ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2013
Subject: Finer Things & Time Machines
I'm not a taper, but I'm a musician who is personally familar with Shure microphones, mainly the SM58 and to a lesser extent, SM57. The SM57 by design is a close-range instrument mic. I would be very surprised if SM57's were the source technology for this AUD. Nevertheless, it is a good clean recording. Good and clean are reletaive descriptions, however. Not bad for a 1977 AUD. Much thanks to the Archive and the contributors! I have been listening to GD since I saw them live first time in '92, admittedly a very late bloomer..but a very Grateful listener also. I am old enough that I have good tape-trading memories with friends (as in, before CD's arrived). For those of us who were too young to attend these shows (P.S. I'm now 40 yrs old) recordings like this are the closest thing we'll ever have to a time machine. I'll give this recording 5 stars because the band was so inspired emotionally and also linked together...also because the tape qualiity is exceptional.
Reviewer: Jed Eisenhower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2013
Subject: Dew-licious
Great story, jasunami. I've been on both sides of that same tale -- the guy being introduced to the music (in 1979, when I was 12) and the one doing the introductions (countless times, '79 - present.) Such a rewarding experience to turn someone on to the Dead and watch as they evolve from thinking the Grateful Dead was a heavy metal band (how many times have we all heard that one!?) to riffing off their favorite shows, versions, venues, recordings, etc. Of course it was a whole lot easier to turn folks on to the Dead prior to July '95, for obvious reasons. Nothing like a Grateful Dead concert, after all. But it's a testament to the band and their incredible music and musicianship that to this day there are teenagers and 20-somethings -- many of whom were born well after Jerry died -- getting turned on by and to the music. As for this show, not much I can say that hasn't already been said. The Dew is worth the price of admission all by itself. There are no words. Seriously, I've never found the words to adequately describe this performance -- and I make my living as a writer so that's saying something (hopefully not that I'm a crappy writer.) But you get my meaning.
Reviewer: DMTrue13 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2013
Subject: audience
great show i love it, but the soundboards and matrix are so much better. it would have been amazing to be there, i hope it sounded better than favorite versions of many songs, mama tried for one.
Reviewer: jasunami - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2013
Subject: Cornell '77 — My First Bootleg Experience
There's not really anything I can say to add to the significance of the Cornell '77 Bootleg. I can only comment on my personal experience with the tape originally during the Summer of 1984. At this time in the '80s, I was not a Grateful Dead fan at all. I had previously rented and watched the "Grateful Dead Movie" and reasonably enjoyed the film. But I was only a 14-year-old kid at the time interested mainly in loud guitar-oriented music such as Jimi Hendrix. Then during the Fall of 1984, a new kid a couple of grades ahead of me whom was originally from New Jersey moved to my small hometown in Georgia. I met him one day at the local mall where he was strutting through the food court donning the brightest and most vivid tie-dyed t-shirt I'd ever seen before. And he was also also wrapped up in a custom-painted denim jacked featuring the '72 Europe Truckin' fool smashing an ice cream cone against his head. I recall many of the rednecks and other small town passersby laughing at my soon-to-be-friend as he happily bounced through the shopping mall. But I was impressed with his freedom and originality. I introduced myself and since I had long hair and liked lots of psychedelic music myself, the new hippie kid in town ended up becoming one of my closest friends. After all, my toes were already deeply placed within the waters of psychedelic music. So opening up to the Grateful Dead as a fan was only a matter of time and introduction to the right collection of songs at the right time. And soon enough, my new friend and I were cruising around in his VW camper van and partying and he put on the Cornell '77 tapes at a loud but clear volume. Eventually my friend and I met up with some other friends in the middle of the country down by a river with a large bonfire as our only light. With Cornell jamming in the background, I was quickly converted to the music of the Grateful Dead. And now three decades later, I still listen to Cornell weekly. There's just something magical about those particular tapes. The sound quality is great. But what's more possibly is the overall energy and performance of the band during those recordings. But for whatever it is worth, the Cornell tapes introduced me to the Grateful Dead and made me an immediate fan. From there I branched outward into all the studio recordings and countless boxes of bootlegs my friend had spent years collecting. Cornell '77 will always be much more than a fantastic bootleg recording to me. It also represents a beautiful period of time in my life and is forever linked to the memories of youth. Anyone who has not listened to the Cornell recordings is seriously missing out on a great picture in time of a wonderful live band which placed a tremendous amount of focus and energy into its live shows making each show a brand new adventure. Cheers!
Reviewer: machineLFD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2013
Unbeliveable music as I echo all others here that some of these tunes definite bring tears to my eyes-- because after all-its all about the music and jerry and the boys had it DOWN! I saw the boys and donna same year in springfield mass of all places.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2013
Subject: Souds Great
I was driving around listening to the Grateful Dead Channel on Sirius XM. They had a great special on May of 1977. I guess a new box set is coming out soon. I don't have $ 120 right now. It was a pleasant surprise to see this on the archive. I saw the Dead only 3 times in the late 80s but have been a fan for about 25 years. I enjoy wondering what show they will play on the GD station. It's a great way to turn my mind off after an a$skicking day at work.
Reviewer: maxwell_cothern710 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2013
Subject: wicked
im 18 years old and today is the 36th anniversary and i can't even begin to appreciate the amount of groove that occurs in dancing in the street
Reviewer: Zakopane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2013
Subject: Thanks
I went to a single show in 1986, and have listened to the Dead more and more as I have aged. The music relaxes me, and I listened to this download to get through a difficult work related project.

By the way, I loved the voices of the fans as it made it real. Made me wish I go go back in time and join the fun.

Many thanks to all who share.
Reviewer: DaveDDD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2013
Subject: Just awesome
Helps me get through my busy day.
Been to about 180 shows, but started in 84
Always prefer an amazing aud to sound boards, but only when it's this good.
And oh my god, imagine being at this show.
THe best I was ever at were 10-16-89 and 3-29-90.
Thank you for taping and uploading this
Reviewer: eastcoastwestcoast - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2013
Subject: OHHHHHHH!
I love this show and usually stream a matrix that I now know is MUCH better. I had to stop at the end of Dancin' after hearing some guy right next to the tapers say "OHHHHHH" for the 100th time. Too bad because the quality of the recording is top notch!
Reviewer: ThreeFingerStyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2013
Subject: nuclear music
one of the fundamental horizons of Rock and Roll
Reviewer: EricVonEric - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2013
Subject: My favorite tape ever
This is a famous show. Had it on tape when I first started listening in college. Always has been one of my favorites.
Reviewer: wharfrat41 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2013
Subject: imo
what can be said that hasn't already been said? this show is sick! i am having trouble hearing audio on this site, which is weird cos audio works fine on other sites. hope i figure out how to fix it.
Reviewer: Deadhead Ted - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2013
Subject: A+
As good as it gets. There are other springtime 77 shows probably just as good, but this one has such great energy on tape. It's always a go to winner for my Grateful Dead fix
Reviewer: ezphart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2012
Subject: made for the taper
Reviewer: Kooney - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2012
Subject: I was there
A very nice spring evening as my senior year at Cornell wound down towards commencement. We had Commander Cody play outdoors the day before the Dead came to town. I had a mild dose running through my veins for the Barton Hall show. The audience was attentive to the band and vice versa. I've had a soundboard from a cassette for years, but hearing this with the "air" of Barton Hall is amazing.
Reviewer: IkeV - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2012
Subject: Great recording of a great show
I especially love the audience chatter after Row Jimmy. "Thanks for sliding us, Jer! Whoa-oh!" Superb quality for an AUD.
Reviewer: fatty4004 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2012
Subject: The finest
Savage, just savage
Reviewer: weekapaug12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2012
Subject: 05-1977
what a great time I have had re-listening to these shows on the 35th anniversary of this run. Being 17 at the time this tour was the 1st time I had seen them (04-22-77) although I did not make Barton Hall or Buffalo due to the constraints of still being in high school, but then I graduated and went to Englishtown. Barton Hall, New Haven, Buffalo, Boston from this week still and always will be special shows. Happy 35th Barton Hall!
Reviewer: bstrohl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2012
Subject: Best Loser Ever
Listen carefully and you can hear me call it.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2012
Subject: Serious Licks
Right On, Joygasm. Those are some serious licks!!!

Reviewer: lp357 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2012
Subject: Joygasm
No matter how many times Ive listened to this jack straw, I always get a chill when he hits those harmonics strumming at the end of the first guitar solo. His guitar playing always seem to speak to some plesure center in my brain. Nice version
Reviewer: Keystoned - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2012
Subject: Wow
I was born well after this show was preformed, but I love it more and more every time I listen to it.
Reviewer: kent manthie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2012
Subject: One of the best bootlegs...
I remember having this on a 90 min cassette tape (Barton Hall '77) - but, of course, it only had SOME of this incredibly awesome show. But the stuff that was on the tape version I had (back when I was in high school in the mid-late 80s)included an incredibly awesome version of "Scarlet Begonias", "Fire on the Mountain", one of the very first, if not the first "Estimated Prophet"'s, St Stephen and more. I used to be entranced listening to the Scarlet/Fire jam that lasted about 15-20 min. Now that I've got the whole show here I am even more "grateful" for the audio technology of it all...Great show, great show! I can think of about two or three better shows (the one with one of the two or three live "Blues for Allah"'s on it and this one from Seattle that features a 45 minute "Playing in the Band", but Barton Hall is a legendary show that many, many deadheads are familiar with and love.
Reviewer: theunseen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2011
Subject: one of the classics... maybe "the" classic
Many great remasters on here of this legendary show, easily one of the best of '77 and probably one of the top five Dead shows ever. The first set doesn't mess around (Loser is particularly killer from this night), but II is nothing less than a lysergic masterpiece. Scarlet > Fire reaches huge heights but it's the Stephen > NFA > Stephen > Dew that never leaves your soul. The Morning Dew that closes this set is something that should be given your full attention every time it's played, easily my favorite performance of the tune, ever. Jerry completely touches the divine at the end. Magic, remastered lovingly by some dedicated heads for all of us to relive for the ages.
Reviewer: drkstr832 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2011
Subject: THANK YOU!!!!
A cassette of the second set of this show was my first bootleg, and was responsible in large part for me falling in love with the Dead... So great to get such a kick ass version, specially when I think back to that scratchy tape (which was awesome at the time!) Thank you very very much!!
Reviewer: wuz at 77-78 and more - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2011
Subject: my buddy and I hitchhiked here from Boston Garden show
Crazy weather. Cars flying off the road. It snowed in May. Hitchhiked from SUNY Bing to Boston Garden show the week before freshman finals. Dosed for the first Terrapin I ever saw. Got up and hitchhiked to Cornell the next AM. Barely made it for the show. What an ass-kicking Row Jimmy, Scarlet/Fire, etc. I thought all dead shows were like these two! Kudos to Mike L'Ecuyer for being the inspiration behind this greatest road trip of all time.
Reviewer: daddyfrank - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2011
Subject: great show
Excellent quality of recording allows us to hear the creativity and musicianship we could only get in concerts.
Reviewer: mellowmymind5453 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2011
Subject: man say ' fire' and calls it
All I can say is this recording ROCKs. And recording is so-o-o FAT. But I keep coming back to listening to Scarlet/Fire almost every day, because not only is it so well played, but because of the smile it always brings to my face.
Reviewer: silver hawk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2011
Subject: Barton Hall....
BEST TAPE I have ever heard hands down.I have know idea just why it is so amazing ,but it is a fat trip as jerry would say.the sound is so full and just different than most other 77 shows.My first choice when sharing with new listeners of the dead.
Reviewer: soulstice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2011
Subject: yesssss
possibly, the finest fingerplayin by the fatman, fo'sho? great way to welcome the spring, after a draaaaawn out winter. peace, y'all %)
Reviewer: magickmoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2011
Subject: first set
An old deadhead sold/traded his entire collection of dead albums/cds and this was the first set I ever listened to and have been hooked ever since. This is definitely my favorite.
Reviewer: supasteel88 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2011
Subject: really good show from a casual listner.
I never saw the dead live. I followed Phish for a long time then started getting into the dead. I'm no expert or nothing but really liked this show esp. scarlet/fire on the mountain.
Reviewer: Loser_Boy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2011
Subject: Heavenly
This show has always been a favorite
Reviewer: Rave0820 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2011
Subject: The Rave's Review
My first Grateful dead concert was at the Fillmore East in 1968. After seeing them in '69 at Harpur State in Binghamton, NY I was hooked. I get rushes when I hear this concert. From '68 to '92 (inc. Europe '72), i stopped counting after 300 concerts in 1979. I think they peaked in '77 & '79. I saw them from coast to coast in 1979 and their were too many great shows to recall. It's one big "purple haze". My favorite concert (not Dead show) was in 1973 in Watkins Glen. The Band opened, then the Dead and the Allmans rocked the night away. The Dead were better the day before the concert; just jammin' for us Deadheads. Enjoy! Great freakin' show!! Check out DSO too.
Reviewer: deadydave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2011
Subject: sweet susie
lastttt fair deal in the country! sending chills down my spine 5th row center tripping face thank you...
Reviewer: SUPERWOW - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2011
Subject: Like it ALOT
Thumbs up to Jeff for recording this GEM!
I feel like I'm right there on 10th row...
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2011
Subject: GOD DAMN
I take back my earlier review...

I am listening to this by candlelight as the fourth foot of snow falls outside, and I write down more of my crazy psychedelic novel. And...

This show is SSSOOO FUCKING GOOD. SO GOOD! The scarlet > fire is not the greatest ever, nor is the St. steve, or even the NFA, but everything just FLOWS TOGTHER, WINDS and WEAVES and DRIPS. The sound quality is f**king amazing. Every player is on. SO GOOD!!
Reviewer: Isaiah Rienas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2011
Subject: if only I had been there...
Love this show. Had it on my ipod for months and listened to to like a truckload of times, ha. the audience always gets me. "turn up the vocals!" I think they heard you too, by the way
Reviewer: Magichord - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: A good AUD in it's time, but...
...although I'm as appreciative as anyone of the grand efforts of Tapers back in the era when I experienced most of my shows, prior to the existence of any special "section" for them, dear readers: Prior to setting up a new folder for dnldg. this version, take note that what you have here is, yes, a good audience recording with most of the fine qualities described below...but very, very little of Phil's axe. I'm amazed at all the praise for this upload w/o any mention of this fact by anyone. Bass presence begins to increase a little bit gradually from Estimated onward in set 2 smidgens of extension, and remains basically anemic. Hey, musical euphoria is so damn subjective, I'm the first to admit--plus, I swear I place performance quality first, in spite of being an audiophile (I Swear! :)...I adore 11-22-68 in Columbus, for example...what barely, blessedly exists of it. But I've just never understood the high enthusiasm for recordings, AS recordings per se, with no bass, or no vocals, or no drums...when there's a full-range technicolor Betty sandwich to sink our hungry jowls into, close by! Electric Dead without Phil, for some of us, is pizza with no crust, a glider with no tail, like trying to kiss a thirsty lover in the driest desert wind. Whatever. Maybe I'm biased cuz I'm kinduv a Phil Phreak, I dunno. I'm no microphone aficionado, and I don't doubt what the fans below are saying as to how well this guy captured other aspects of the band. But, I'm afraid I more or less have to agree Deadman72355 (way below), having enjoyed the board that was avail. for everyone prior to the '06 GDP fan-slap for the last five years. Anyway, I've always enjoyed this show, but certainly no more than like 20 or so others from '77. And ah, for those of you who're raving fans of Scarlet> Fire, do yourselves a big lovin' favor and go listen to 4-24-78 in Normal, Ill. in case you've never...and go
Reviewer: Excess - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2010
Subject: One of the Best Jerry recordings anywhere
Taper must have sold his soul to the devil for mic placement on this one. Even the boards couldn't capture the essence of Jerry's sound like this recording does. You can argue all you want about the "bestness" of this show.......Bottom line - you'll be hard pressed to find a clearer, cleaner, more "up front" representation of Jer's guitar anywhere. Period.

.........and one of the best "Dancin's ever
Reviewer: deadheadNate - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2010
Subject: Perfection, divinity, Purest AUD imaginable
I can't do this show very much justice by writing about it. Just download and enjoy.

A note about downloading this: I had some trouble getting the files into a music library, until I discovered that unlike some shows, you have to extract these. Everyone having a hard time should make sure the files are extracted first, that should make everything easier. I've tried both sources and personally prefer the MP3 Zip more than the VBR.

A world of thanks to Jeff Stevenson
Reviewer: DrewIndy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2010
Subject: re: Real Player no longer records
The input to your RP recording was mp3 quality, anyhow. The stream is VBR MP3, not lossless, so you were getting recorded copies of MP3 files playing= lossy. You can youtube some stuff about BitTorrent, then look on for the stuff you want...

To the show: A classic. One of my favorites outside of 1974, my absolute favorite year, period.
Reviewer: barblough - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2010
Subject: OMG!
Jeff, will u marry me? This is AWESOME. I hit my first Dead show in '80 at 14. This show is why we're all still fans. Takes me back in the day b4 Jerry died, when the only way our parents found us was when we called home from the dorm payphone! Pre-economic crises; pre-texting; pre-9/11. Kids, believe it or not we had to take our SAT's w/o benefit of graphing calculators (or handhelds for that matter) when we actually had to remember math equations from memory and showed up w/2 #2 pencils. Wow, what I wouldn't give for maybe a little of that time back. But I guess it doesn't really matter...anyway.
Reviewer: tatittle - favorite - August 22, 2010
Subject: ! HELP RealPlayer wont record anymore !
Hey folks, I had learned how to record some tracks by playing them on my RealPlayer and recording, then saving them to my library. Now when I try to do this it appears to record okay, but when I save it to my library it shows up there aas a blank track. In the checkerboard view it sometimes has a RED "X" on the icon instead of the title etc. Anyione know whats going on here? Have I fouled up some setting, or is it no longer possible to record this way from It seemed to start intermittently, some saving okay, some drawing blanks--but now it is blank file every time! PLEASE HELP...I need my soundboards to JAM guitar with, and develop my melodic sense for songwriting!!! Peace and Joy. TM
Reviewer: subsct - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2010
Subject: Holy....Grail?
Close your eyes,turned wayyy up, my imagination unfolds. I am in Ithaca 10th row....Wow! Putting all the pieces together,this might be the perfect mic for capturing monitors at such close range. It's mostly used for snares,hence the top end.This guy hit a sweet spot for sure. I've had the boards for many years,but another perspective never hurt on such an awesome show. "Thought I heard a baby cry this morning, thought I heard a baby cry today" Jerry's apex IMHO.
Reviewer: jweat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2010
Subject: excellent
great all the way through. I will have to dig my shure beta 57's out of the attic
Reviewer: jennica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2010
Subject: well it's damn good
I keep coming back to this show, because it's played so well. It's almost perfect.
Reviewer: 710 ashbury - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2010
Subject: Tour of 77
amazing sound,,, and off of two sure 57 's',
Cornell 77 a good year to be on the bus and
a great show.
Reviewer: sara8smiles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2010
Subject: Great Nug
What clarity...i'm there....or am i not? GREAT NUG.
Reviewer: splumer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2010
Subject: If only...
If only I wasn't 10 years old in '77. What a great year for music! All the awesome tours! GD Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Elvis Costello, Genesis, Zeppelin...

And don't dis SM57's. I've been taping with them for years and never had a complaint. They're not Schoeps but there's a reason so many bands use them for intrument mics!
Reviewer: Roscoe74 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2010
Subject: Tight!
I know some people like lose shows more but this one is the exeption. That super funky Dancin' is worth the price of admission on its own. Row Jimmy is fantastic, my favorite version of the song. Fire & Morning Dew, what else can you say. Resplendent!
Reviewer: vegasdano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2010
Subject: 1st Dead show
This was the first of many shows for me. I can still remember being so locked in with Jerry during Fire on the Mountain. I swear we were on the same trip!
Reviewer: Hashjihad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2010
Subject: AUD?
I have listened to this show a hundred times from soundboard sources. I swear this cannot even be an aud it just sounds too good. But right as I am thinking that I hear clapping and cheering from right next to me. This is an unbelievable aud.
Reviewer: Juana Bee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2009
Subject: Don't 'diss' Shure 57's!!!
This was a super show, in a year that can only be called a super year for the Dead... This writer began going to the shows in '73, also not at all a bad year; my 1st show was with the "Wall of Sound" and without Donna, at the Boston Music Hall 11-30-73, released decades later as Dick's Picks Vol.14...
But the main reason for posting this review is to comment to reviewer Folkhippy below, who compares the Shure 57 microphone to a beat-up old car. I do not work for Shure, just as an indie musician & recording engineer who uses their mics. Hey Folkhippy, just F.Y.I., many of the world's greatest vocalists & musicians have relied, still do rely, religiously, on the clear, defined tone of Shure 57 mics, for STUDIO RECORDING (and of course for live work)!!! There are engineers who prefer the 57's even to the eternally successful Shure 58's for certain applications. The basic difference between the mics you compare is that the Shures are "dynamic" mics, which are generally more rugged and can take higher input gain before distorting, whereas the ECM's etc. are "condenser" mics, much more delicate and yes, more defined in the treble end and 'transparent'-sounding... HOWEVER, had our taper at Cornell '77, who was positioned 10 ft. from the stage, used a pair of fine condensers to record the show, it is quite likely that he would have ended up much worse off---the Dead were not known for being a 'quiet' band, and condensers crap out badly at high volumes! (Also,knowing what kind of hijinks went on at Dead shows, a pair of condensers may not even have survived the show intact!) There is a certain warmth, a certain high-midrange accent, that keeps people coming back to those Shure 57's & 58's year after year. Peace & Good Vibes.
Reviewer: DustTizzle - favorite - December 18, 2009
Subject: moephish
I said I have been downloading shows from here since I first got into the scene when I first saw Phil and Friends in the summer of 2002. And, before you act like the "headier than thou" brah, and start talking down to people on a message board. I recommend learning how to spell your insults before you write them.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2009
Subject: Best AUD of this show...
I can't believe that this is the best AUD of this show! Even the esteemed Jerry Moore loses out to this one and he was using ECM 33P mics! This guy was using Shure 57's hahahahha! For those of you who don't know about mics, a Shure 57 microphone is like a broken down 1992 Buick compared to the 2009 Cadillac of the ECM 33P's. The rich bass and instrument separation this guy got is amazing! It almost sounds like a soundboard recording! I wish this AUD was used for the Betty Board splices! I guess any mic would sound good 10ft from the stage. Back in those days, bands actually used their stage amps as a part of their live sound. Nowadays it's surprising to see a half-stack onstage, everybody just uses ear monitors and the big sound system does all the amplification. This guy must have been picking up the amps and monitors onstage.

As for the music, this is for sure my favorite Dead show of all time. The band was hot, funky, and extra stoned. The Brown Eyed Women is the best there is and the Dancin' is my favorite Garcia solo. Every time I listen to this show it puts me in a good mood! I really enjoy this great quality AUD!
Reviewer: moe.DeadStringPhishplease - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2009
Subject: Best Show Ever?
Jus listen and you'll understand.

And to Dusty who wrote below. You wish crowds these days had the freakin energy to clap and give it up for every song they hear. You can't stand the clapping? Thats what SBDs are for deuch, or have you not figured that out since you came here in 2002 for some Phil & Friends shows...
Reviewer: john.page10 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2009
Subject: This is a good show
One of my favorites, one of the first GD shows i downloaded here on Archive some years back, and i recommend it to any and all.
peace and love
Reviewer: Ody - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2009
Subject: Great Show
Somebody mentioned soundboards...I used to have a SB copy of this and I've always thought this "Loser" was one of the band's finest.

Take a Step Back is appropriately included as well. Those of us who weren't old enough to appreciate the Dead until the last, and somewhat tragic, years appreciate the banter. There was sadly little life left in Jerry (and the band as a whole) when I was finally old enough to enjoy their music--and get permission to go see them.

Nice Mama Tried, GREAT NFA.
Reviewer: salviahead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2009
Subject: shure 57 (as in sm57?)
Maybe its a vintage model of the shure 57,LOL I own a couple of these but never crossed my mind to take them into the field.
Reviewer: reesey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: shure 57 (as in sm57?)
if this is a recording done with dynamic mics, im utterly impressed.... as a taper.
Reviewer: majordomo - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: over rated?
only heard the second set but... the fire on the mt. and the morning dew are excellent. elsewhere, it seems Garcia is carrying the band and he noodles. not fade away is too many noodles and not enough Bo Diddley. also, estimated prophet is not nearly a fully formed song yet. the not fade-st stephen-not fades of 76 (see Beacon 6/15/76) are much better. i am not as thrilled about this show as everyone else is.
Reviewer: msjaynes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2009
Subject: second set ectasy
What can you say? This is the next best thing to being there, put the headphones on man and tears will flow during the DEW, it's too much, it's over the top.
Reviewer: JustAnotherDH - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2009
Subject: Just the best
It's the Not Fade Away. Oh my gawwwd!! This recording is the best thing I've yet heard on archive. I've listened to some of the SBDs for this date, which have been d/l much more than this one, but this is the version to get, listen to, and keep. I commented to somebody while listening that this puts you in the 4th row....then read the notes and found out it was recorded 10 feet from the stage. You are RIGHT THERE when you listen to this one.

I like everything but it's the NFA that is the pure unstoppable candy here.
Reviewer: wisefool26 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2009
Subject: Oh my!
Right out of the gate, they are kicking some serious ass. Is there a CD of this show available? Anyone? Tortured guitar in Loser. Never heard him like that before. Whoa!
Reviewer: meatpile - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2009
Subject: Wow
This recording destroys. What a pull. Thank you Jeff Stevenson.
Reviewer: atomicon3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2008
Subject: this and that
...went to many '77 favorites are Rochester, Binghampton, and Colgate but I wouldn't feel too bad if I was able to see em ALL again
Reviewer: Old&OuttadaWay - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2008
Subject: wish i was older than 10 in 1977...
this mix is not the best, but i've never heard el paso quite this way. jerry's channel is super dominant and his playing on that track is a revelation.
Reviewer: boscomorgan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2008
Reviewer: SanSouci - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2008
Subject: Don't get carried away is right...
IMO the night before at the Garden was a better show despite the equipment troubles.
Reviewer: gumby69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2008
Subject: To download.
If you guys uninstall quicktime on your PCs' you can download soundboards. Just right click on the song you want and pick download.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2008
Subject: not great sound
I was hoping to find a crispy audience copy. Unfortunately, this isn't it. There's too much high-end noise. The other audience version here is a bit speedy. Fortunately I have the Betty Board on cassette, and I'll stick with it until they either release this show commercially or until the soundboards are once again available for download (don't hold your breath for that!)
Reviewer: gimme some tunes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2008
Subject: better recording available for free
you can download this show in the Free Stash on, FOR FREE!
the quality is much better..
this is a great show, as i do love the scarlet> fire as well as the dancin', and NFA
Reviewer: garp6600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2008
Subject: One of the best
One of the best and one of the first Grateful Dead shows I've ever had. I love hearing it 23 years later! Thanks, for those who haven't heard it yet, check out Dancin' and Scarlet>Fire.
Reviewer: pcr3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2008
Subject: Wow
Yes, this show is really good. REALLY GOOD. But, for old time sake, I decided to put it on today. I hadn't listened to this Morning Dew in years. Words fail me as I sit at my desk and try to figure out what just happened to my mind.

Keep in mind that I have probably listened to this show a few hundred times over the last 15 or so years, but usually just for the Scarlet/Fire. Listen to the stream of the Dew and tell me you're not moved. Wow.
Reviewer: touchofgrayson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2008
Subject: sick, sick, SICK!!!!
This show is FN SICK!!! its the kind of show that makes me want to puke my soul out and fly away. AAHAHAAH!
Reviewer: DaltonWildwood - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2008
Subject: I like the college shows.
I notice that The boys have more electricity when they play the college venues. They tend to be a little crazier like the test days.
Reviewer: NoyoWharfRat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2008
Subject: Acclaimed Greatest???
Says who? We all have our all time favorite(s). It's like comparing Orange Sunshine to Daffy Duck #3 or whatever. This is cool but it doesn't peg my "of-all-time-o-meter". It is remarkable, however, that it's as good as it is with hand held Shure 57's straight into a deck. Heck, Donna even sings on key for a couple of bars. I've always dug the "jazz meltdown" on Dancin' like this one too, even if Bob jumped the gun on the vocal lead in. "Everybody take a step back..." Ya' gotta' love it.

"Who are The Grateful Dead and why do they keep following me around?"

Reviewer: EagleDancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2008
Subject: Music
I just found this site. I am prevleged to say the least.I am 62 years old. Saw the beatles and the Dead live.This is great stuff. I do play guitar and have since 1966.
Reviewer: Deadman72355 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2008
Subject: Better than the SBD?????
This is a good AUD of this phenominal show, but, better than the SBD. You must not have heard the SBD that I have. I downloaded this show 3 years ago, when you still able to download the SBDs' and the Board is 100 times better than this version.
But everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This show was acclaimed the greatest Dead show ever, and without a doubt it is. But then again the entire 1977 show collection is by far the best year they ever had. I was lucky to get board copies of every show before they were locked out for streaming only.

A GREAT show from a GREAT year
Reviewer: NJFunkNetwork - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2008
Subject: Best. Tape. Ever.
This is fantastic. Get it right away. I had a cassette of this from WAY back and it's the one I cut my Dead teeth on.

"America's favorite song, TRUCKIN!!!!"

Also, listen for the baked dude during Dew saying "Hey, he's got microphones in here. Why can't I have microphones?!?" It's real low in the mix, but it's funny as hell, and since I've heard this at least a million times, I know all of the drug induced banter.
Reviewer: spoozey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2008
Subject: Fu@#in Great!
This recording is phenomenal! Dare I say it rivals _all_ the board tapes available. Also, it's no stretch to call this the best aud of any '77 show available on the archive. My previous fave's being 4-23-77 & 5-17-77. I think this effort deserves to be at the top of the list for many peoples favorite years.
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